5 Lightning myths debunked

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
VIDEO: 5 Lightning myths debunked
Lightning facts to stay safe during a storm.

Lightning is a stunning part of nature, but you should know all the proper facts about lightning to stay safe. AccuWeather is here to help us debunk some of the myths about lightning.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Lightning does strike the same place twice, especially a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building, for instance, is hit by lightning more than 100 times each year.

Myth: Lightning only strikes from the center of a storm cloud.

Actually, lightning can strike more than three miles away from the center of a storm. Just because you can't see a cloud, it doesn't make you safe from lightning strikes.

Myth: Lightning is attracted to metal.

Metal on your body or a building makes no difference as to where the lightning will strike. Things such as shape, isolation and height are more dominant factors in attracting lightning, but still stay away from metal structures because they conduct electricity.

Myth: Hiding under a tree will protect you from lightning.

Do not look for shelter under a tree. Period. It is actually one of the worst places to be. Lightning can hit the tree and cause a ground charge that spread in all directions.

Myth: Thunder is different from lightning.

Wrong. Thunder is the sound caused by lightning. If you know there will be a thunderstorm, to stay safe just remember: "When thunder roars, go indoors."